Green light! USA approves massive power line from Wyoming to Nevada

Inspenet, April 16, 2023

The United States government has finally given its approval to an energy infrastructure project, it is a huge power line that will stretch from Wyoming to Nevada, with the objective of transporting renewable energy from the vast plains of the western United States to the consumption centers in southern Nevada and California.

The project, known as the 730-mile (1,175-kilometer) High Voltage Direct Current Transmission Line, has been proposed by power transmission company RenewWest . This transmission line, which has been referred to as an “electrical superconduit” due to its ability to transport large amounts of power efficiently over long distances, is expected to be a key driver for the expansion of renewable energy in the region.

Final approval of this project has been met with mixed reactions. On the one hand, advocates of clean and renewable energy celebrate this news as an important step towards the energy transition and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The new transmission line is expected to facilitate the transport of up to 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy, coming mainly from wind and solar farms in Wyoming, to consumption centers in Nevada and California, which will contribute to the diversification of the energy matrix and to reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

In addition, the project is expected to create employment and foster economic development in rural Wyoming, where the renewable energy resources that will be harnessed by the transmission line are located. This infrastructure is also expected to help strengthen the resilience of the region’s electrical system, improving the reliability and security of power supply.

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